dinsdag 30 december 2008


"The writing wanders off and explodes in amateur surrealist fireworks, and when it returns, the pattern of the characters has changed again."

Kenneth Rexroth over Lawrence Durrell’s “Black Book”

This early novel was written when Durrell was 24 and was, "a two-fisted attack on literature by an angry young man of the thirties". Its points of interest today are mainly two. First, as pointed out, is the contrast between today's "angries" and one of the '30's. Second, and most important, is that we see here the genesis of many elements of theme and style which have made his Alexandria Quartet (Justine, etc.) so widely hailed. Here they are presented in a crude, undisciplined, violent, and quite soon hypnotically boring form. The story- if it can be called that at all- deals with an assorted group of people living in a dreary London hotel: a homosexual; a Peruvian lecher, a D. H. Lawrencian, a gigolo, several prostitutes, the narrator, and, in absentia, the author of a diary left behind in the narrator's room. The themes are loneliness, egoism, the varieties of sex, love, and hate, death, isolation, escape, decay, and "the English Death", the conventional cultural trappings of the time.

3 opmerkingen:

Roodhaar zei

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Lawrence zei

“I write like other people make love; it’s a vice”

debo zei

dat de geniale drinkebroer ooit het volgende schreef:
".....in search of some fruitful perspective upon my own life, scribbling all this gives me something to do, I am resetting the broken bones of the past. Perhaps I should have begun it long ago........"